Ari Lennox on Her Upcoming J. Cole Collaboration 'Shea Butter Baby': 'He Absolutely Killed It'


With Mike WiLL Made-It as the pinnacle honcho of Creed II: The Album, it’s no shock the undertaking contains one of the best of one of the best, with tracks by hip-hop giants like Lil Wayne, Nas, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj. Listed proper in the course of the immensely star-studded monitor listing is the sweetly titled track “Shea Butter Baby,” a collaboration between Ari Lennox and J. Cole.

“This is such an honor. It’s one of many greatest issues that’s ever occurred to me,” Ari Lennox humbly informed Billboard on the Creed II premiere pink carpet in New York City. “Creed is such an actual, wonderful and phenomenal franchise, so that is insane. It got here out of nowhere. I had the track written for some time, the label submitted it and the director simply occurred to find it irresistible. I really feel fortunate as hell.”

J. Cole, put it greatest when he rapped, “Dreamville stacked just like the Warriors,” in his latest “Album of the Year (Freestyle),” as his crew boasts sufficient expertise to have the ability to hold most issues an in-house affair. “Shea Butter Baby” is produced by Elite, Dreamville’s go-to producer, who has been an plain staple in the course of the making of practically each Dreamville launch.

“Elite was doing what he does, producing, and it sounded stunning. I used to be simply going for Missy Elliott combined with Raphael Saadiq vibes, and all of it labored out and Cole hopped on it a few month in the past and altered my life once more. It sounds nice and he completely killed it,” Lennox mentioned.

Although Lennox did seem on J. Cole’s 2016 album, four Your Eyez Only, she considers “Shea Butter Baby” as their first “full” collaboration. “He’s all the time modified my life and he’s all the time searching, however that is the primary time we've a full collaboration and we’re each killing it collectively. ['Change'] was like me being a candy fowl within the background. In this track, we’re killing it collectively.”

Since dropping her PHO EP in 2016, Lennox not too long ago launched a slew of recent singles inside the previous couple of months: “Whipped Cream,” “Grampa,” “Pedigree” and “No One” as she gears up for her new album, which she confirmed is titled, Shea Butter Baby.